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  • Queer Culture Jam - Panel Discussion
    Here is the recorded panel discussion "Queer Talk - How our identity can influence our practice," hosted by Damian Kerlin. This insightful interview, live in front of an audience and streamed online, explores the journey of queer creatives in the industry, sharing personal experiences and perspectives. All are welcome to join this celebration of Queer culture and creativity, including members of the LGBTQ+ community, local creatives, and community members of all ages.

     

  • Lantern Parade Haverfordwest. SPAN Arts
    Join the Lantern Parade public vote, and decide the lead lantern for 2024!
    Lantern Parade Haverfordwest. SPAN Arts
    The Haverfordwest Lantern Parade will be back this October! This time with a difference, this time you get a say on what the parade will look like. SPAN Arts is inviting you to vote on the design of the iconic large lanterns that will lead the parade through the streets.
    You can vote online here, or pop down to the Castle Street Market on Friday the 12th and 19th of July to look at the designs and cast your vote.

     

  • We Move
    We Move Celebration
    We Move
    Join SPAN in celebrating the We Move project with an evening of music, film and performance.
    SPAN, in partnership with Llwy Gariad group of diverse people across West Wales, is proud to present an evening of celebration for the We Move project. Join us for films and music created and presented by We Move, a Children in Need funded youth-led project for global majority children and young people. Delicious food from Zahia’s Kitchen, live music from the We Move house band, aerial performance, followed by The Successors of the Mandingue with delicious grooves from the continent of Africa. The £1m We Move Fund: Youth Social Action aims to empower black children and young people to use their voice to tackle subjects that matter to them and create change. We know that global majority young people face many barriers in British society. Inequality, racism and discrimination can prevent them from accessing as many opportunities or services compared to their peers and engaging in soc

     

  • Queer Culture Jam
    SPAN Arts are proud to present Queer Culture Jam, a collaborative day of workshops, discussions, music, dance and more for our local community to share in the practice and stories of Queer local creatives.
    Queer Culture Jam is hosted by broadcaster and writer Damian Kerlin and offers a full day of events, from 11am until midnight, looking at sharing stories and working creatively and collaboratively. With workshops running throughout the day led by our local Queer creatives, Emily Laurens, Jane Campbell, Samara Van Rijswijk, Anna Sherratt and Niamh Amelia, there is a variety of activities exploring creative practice and identity to enjoy. These workshops will look at portraiture, textiles, storytelling, spoken word, scriptwriting, sci-fi and more as they explore ideas embracing uniqueness, self-identity and sharing your story through creative practice. The panel discussion “Queer Talk - How our identity can influence our practice”, hosted by Damian Kerlin will be both liv

     

  • Lantern Parade Lead Artist/s Call Out
    SPAN is looking for artists to pitch visual concepts for the event focusing on the design of large-scale lanterns/puppets that will be the centre point of the event.
    Deadline Extended: 23rd June 2024

     

  • BAMBOO
    NoFitState brings you an environmental circus masterpiece.
    NoFit State is the UK’s leading large-scale contemporary circus company. We produce Big Top and outdoor productions which tour the UK and internationally. We deliver a significant sector development programme with demonstrable impact and reach. Through our creative community programme, we engage with and inspire people of all ages from some of the most deprived and marginalised communities in the UK. We celebrate the true creativity that lies at the heart of every community and ensure a space for every voice to be heard.
    The artists arrive at an empty stage, bringing bundles of bamboo. They build towering sculptures which morph, transform and become an improbable, delicate circus playground that seems to defy the laws of physics. Inhabited by world-class circus artists and acrobats, the structures bend, and flex, adding to the tension, drama, and sense of jeopardy that lies at the heart of great circus. A meaningful, joyful

     

  • Love Stories to Nature – Date Nature Film
    Love Stories to Nature brings you a new film by Emily Laurens - Date Nature
    As part of our Love Stories to Nature commission, artist Emily Laurens delves into the lives of three individuals from Pembrokeshire through the lens of the Date Nature app. This whimsical mockumentary offers a delightful and playful perspective on the ways we can connect with nature, providing a charming and witty insight into the experience.

     

  • Creative Curiosity Celebration
    Celebrating a collection of creative voices from the rural communities of North Pembrokeshire in the culmination of an outstanding project.
    The Creative Curiosity Celebration marks the coming together of the work made as part of the recent Creative Curiosities workshops. This pioneering project by SPAN ARTS and its partners, Preseli Cares and PAVS (Pembrokeshire Association of Voluntary Services), harnessed the power of creativity through artist-led workshops to address the inequalities experienced by the rural and Welsh speaking communities of North Pembrokeshire including Carers, Young people and those Over 50. Using the arts as a vehicle to support creative, community curiosity these workshops offered an accessible platform to share in what is missing in their lives and what changes need to be made. This exhibition will showcase the beautiful Textile, Digital and Visual Artworks developed through these workshops and celebrate the creative recounting of the communities built into the works.Our Visual Arts for Carers sessions led by artists Di Ford and Fran Evans used collage as a catalyst for conversation, The group c

     

  • Prepare for an early summer rendition of The Tempest!
    With a hope for a sunny evening, this year SPAN’s popular annual outdoor Shakespeare production will take place on Friday the 14th of June. Join SPAN and the Festival Players for a rousing production of The Tempest.
    After the exhilarating performance of Twelfth Night during the Summer of 2023, arts charity SPAN ARTS is delighted to be returning to the Idyllic Lampeter House to celebrate another year of captivating performance by The Festival Players with their production of The Tempest This exciting story of magic and turmoil promises to deliver an engaging Shakespearean experience, courtesy of Festival Players International, the UK's premier all-male touring company. With their trademark energy, clarity, and professionalism, the Players will present a vibrant and costumed staging that guarantees an evening of laughter and entertainment. Magic abounds, plots are exposed, and a colourful array of characters gain their deserts in a tale of a shipwreck like no other. This rendition of The Tempest is sure to deliver a captivating performance for all ages Patronized by the esteemed Dame Judi Dench, The Festival Players have amassed an impressive 60 years of combined experience in professional tou

     

  • Letterston Music Video – Youth Project
    Letterston Youth Centre, Creating a Song together with River Matthews


    Introducing the latest musical collaboration from the Letterston Youth Music Project! Join us on an enchanting journey as we unveil our newest track, crafted in harmony with the talented River Matthews (aka Matthew Jones).

    In this captivating piece, young minds from the Letterston Youth Centre join forces with SPAN Arts to co-create a poignant musical expression, delving into their unique thoughts and emotions. Together, we've woven a tapestry of sound that speaks volumes about the power of creativity and collaboration. Join us in celebrating the beauty of youth expression and the magic of musical unity.

     

  • Queer Creative Call Out
    SPAN Arts is working with Queer broadcaster and writer Damian Kerlin to curate an event on the 29th of June in West Wales that explores Identity, Fashion, and Queerness. 
    Calling Queer Creatives  We are looking for Queer Creatives with a connection to West Wales to be part of the event, from helping to facilitate an interactive workshop with other creatives, to being part of a creative panel conversation or DJing a dance party.   To find out how to get involved email info@span-arts.org.uk and tell us a bit about yourself. What's your story and what would you like to contribute to the conversation around identity fashion and Queerness?    SPAN Arts is a Queer led organisation and we embrace Queerness in all its forms.  We are looking for collaborators with different backgrounds, genders, races, and ages to be part of the event. Open to anyone 18+

     

  • Becoming Nature by Lou Luddington
    Watch all the stunning images from Lou's brilliant Love Stories to Nature commission.
    Local photographer and writer Lou Luddington shares her new work supported by SPAN Arts Love Stories to Nature arts commission. Enjoy stunning photography & thoughtful words as Lou profiles Pembrokeshire locals in their cherished natural spaces.

     

  • Haverfordwest Lantern Parade 2024
    Haverfordwest Lantern Parade returns to Haverfordwest!
    SPAN Arts is excited to announce the return of the hugely popular Haverfordwest Lantern Parade in 2024.    Supported by the UK Government and powered by Levelling Up Fund funding, the Lantern Parade this November will bring the community together to celebrate Haverfordwest and Pembrokeshire.    Over the next few months SPAN Arts will put a call out to Creatives to put forward their ideas for the Parade and the giant puppets which be the centre point of the festival.   The shortlist of these ideas will then go to a public vote, where the community get to choose the festival of their dreams.   “SPAN aims to be artist-led and community-focused. The public vote will give the community the power to shape their own parade”.  Bethan Touhig Gamble, SPAN Arts Director   There will be free public lantern-making workshops in the run-up to the parade and lots of opportunities for people to get involved. To find out more follow SPAN Arts on social media or sign up

     

  • The BIG Plant Sale 2024
    The 4th May 2024 will mark SPAN Arts' 30th BIG Plant Sale in Narberth.
    The BIG Plant Stall is not only an important date in the gardening calendar, but it is also hugely important for SPAN as a charity; all profits from the stall will aid us in providing performances and arts experiences for people across the county.  Previous BIG Plant Sales have welcomed over 1,800 visitors flocking to see the impressive range of flowers, herbs and vegetable plants, as well as plenty of food and music for good measure. We have a number of pitches available for local businesses to book here, or speak with a member of our staff on 01834 869323. or email VCO@span-arts.org.uk Plant Sale stall fees: 6ft - £23 12ft - £44 The event is held near the SPAN Arts building, Town Moor, Moorfield Road, Narberth, SA67 7AG.  Each year, we are very kindly supported by a small army of volunteers who grow plants from seed and cuttings for donation to the sale. If you would like to do

     

  • Narberth A Cappella Voice Concert
    A celebration of Welsh culture and musical excellence
    Get ready to be swept away by the enchanting melodies and captivating harmonies at the Narberth A Cappella Voice 2024 Concert. Set to take place on Saturday, March 2nd, at The Queen’s Hall, this exclusive event promises an evening of extraordinary performances and soul-stirring song. Being Wales only a cappella festival, the concert boasts a diverse line-up of artists and genres, ensuring there's something to delight every musical palate. From the haunting melodies of Ar ôl Tri to the mesmerizing storytelling of Stacey Blythe & Phil Okwedy, and the harmonious sounds of The Inner Voices, attendees are in for a treat. Ar ôl Tri, the award-winning ensemble from Cardigan, has garnered acclaim at the National Eisteddfod and beyond, captivating audiences with their stirring performances rooted in Welsh tradition. Phil Okwedy, a Welsh-Nigerian storyteller, joins forces with Stacey Blythe to weave tales of heritage and memory in their performance, "Matriarchy," supporte

     

  • Creative Connections – Art workshops for Young Carers
    We are offering the following free workshops to the people of North Pembrokeshire:
    Visual Art for Carers 18+
    Digital Art for Young People age 11-17
    Textiles for people over 50

     

  • Creative Curiosity – A series of new & exciting creative workshops!
    We are offering the following free workshops to the people of North Pembrokeshire:
    Visual Art for Carers 18+
    Digital Art for Young People age 11-17
    Textiles for people over 50

     

  • SPAN Arts End of Year Highlights
    As 2023 draws to a close, we wanted to take this opportunity to look back at the brilliant year we have had at SPAN.

     

  • Call out for performers!
    Would you like to try your hand at performing? Or would you like to read through scripts and help us decide our next performance?

     

  • Callout for script writers!
    SPAN Arts is looking for a new piece for Theatr Soffa, our online community theatre company.

     

  • Creative Connections
    Creative Connections, Connecting carers of all ages.

     

  • Creative Connections Artist Call-Out
    SPAN is looking for an artist, with experience of developing creative skills with carer's around the local area.

     

  • Immerse Yourself in the Enchantment of Our Annual Advent Concert!
    A festive night filled with song and connection
    The festive season is just around the corner, and what better way to embrace its spirit than by joining us for our highly anticipated annual Advent Concert! We are delighted to unveil the incredible lineup for this year's event, featuring the exceptional talents of the renowned soprano, Jessica Robinson, and the esteemed Whitland Male Voice Choir. Jessica Robinson: A Soprano Extraordinaire Hailing from the picturesque landscapes of Pembrokeshire, Jessica Robinson is set to grace our stage with her mesmerizing voice. A distinguished graduate of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Jessica boasts an illustrious career, adorned with numerous awards and accolades. Her journey has been punctuated by stellar performances with esteemed institutions like the CBSO, leaving audiences spellbound at iconic venues such as the Royal Albert Hall and the Wales Millennium Centre. Notably, she had the honor of performing for HRH The Prince of Wales at the prestigious Buckingham Palace. Jess

     

  • Welcome Wednesdays
    Come and join us at our ‘Welcome Wednesday’ mornings at SPAN!

     

  • Call Out For A Songwriter/Musician
    SPAN is looking for a Songwriter/Musician, with experience of developing music with young people to create a modern music track/song.

     

  • Becoming Nature by Lou Luddington
    Call Out - we a seeking a small number of nature lovers from a broad spectrum of the Pembrokeshire community to participate in our next Love Stories to Nature arts commission.

     

  • Our Branch That Stopped Singing – by Billy Maxwell Taylor
    Our Branch That Stopped Singing is an ambient music meditation on the continually changing soundscapes of Pembrokeshire.
    Through water, snow, waves, forests and the story of a blackbird friend, immerse yourself in this mindful 20-minute audiovisual experience, suitable for all ages.

     

  • Vital Footsteps Workshop
    Exploring Climate Care through Meditative Movement with Billy Maxwell Taylor
    In a world where the urgency of climate change is undeniable, it's vital that we take moments to pause, reflect, and consider our relationship with the environment. Vital Footsteps is a unique, free workshop in Pembrokeshire that provides a meditative space for individuals to contemplate climate care. Hosted in conjunction with The Motion Pack's enlightening project, "In the Silence of Blossoms," this 1.5-hour workshop promises a serene journey through mindful movement, creative letter writing, and open discussions about our ever-changing planet. As we gather amidst the stunning landscapes of Pembrokeshire, participants will engage in mindful movement exercises. These movements will not only bring you closer to the natural world but will also help you connect with your inner self, fostering a sense of harmony and balance.Climate change is a complex issue, and discussing it openly is essential. In our patient talking space, you'll have the opportunity to engage in thoughtful conve

     

  • Share Your Story in a Captivating New Play! Farmers, Townies & Grocles
    Are you ready to have your voice heard on the theatrical stage? Award-winning writer Ceri Ashe is embarking on an exhilarating journey to capture the essence of Pembrokeshire through an exciting new play. Titled 'FARMERS TOWNIES AND GROCLES,' this play aims to unravel the vibrant tapestry of voices that shape our rural community. If you're passionate about Pembrokeshire and want to contribute to a unique storytelling experience, we invite you to join us for a thrilling story-telling workshop. Led by the talented Ceri Ashe, this workshop promises to be both engaging and enjoyable. Through a series of interactive exercises, you'll have the opportunity to share your personal experiences of being a resident of this picturesque county. The stories collected during these workshops might even become an integral part of a mesmerizing theatre production slated for the coming year. Imagine seeing your experiences come to life on stage, resonating with fellow Pembrokeshire residents and aud

     

  • The Pull a short film by Sam Walton
    Filmed in Pembrokeshire about Pembrokeshire.